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8th International Summer School on Higher Education Research "Theoretical and Conceptual Perspectives in Higher Education Research"

Event ended

Dates: May 24–30, 2020

Deadline to apply: Due to the measures introduced in Russia on account of coronavirus, we regret to cancel the summer school this year

Venue: St. Petersburg, Pushkin, Kotchoubey Centre

Language: English

Fee: 390 EUR (DBL), 590 EUR (SGL)

Accommodation: 7 days and 6 nights, three meals daily, coffee breaks, welcome and farewell dinners, and excursions.

Travel: to/from St. Petersburg is covered by the participants

Grant options: 10 scholarships to cover participation fee for applicants selected on a competitive basis  

Candidates with backgrounds in all relevant areas (sociology, economics, political science, education, public administration, management, psychology, history, etc.) are encouraged to apply for the International Summer School 2020. We expect to get on board a group of early-career scholars with a keen interest in research who aspire to make the most of the School’s intensive theory and hands-on agenda.

Bringing together both young and accomplished researchers of higher education, the International Summer School aims to inspire a more critical discussion and fresh insights in the field by providing an invigorating venue for first-hand learning and multi-prism opinion exchange. This will help advance our understanding of higher education while also fostering the integration of young researchers into the international professional community.

The 8th International Summer School will focus on theoretical and conceptual perspectives in the study of higher education. As a multi-disciplinary field, higher education research draws on multiple scholarly frameworks and traditions, often synthesising different disciplinary methods in order to address problems of policy and practice in higher education or explain the relationship between higher education and society. During the Summer School, the faculty and participants will discuss the strengths and limitations of various theoretical approaches and concepts developed in economics, sociology, political science, cultural studies, and multi-disciplinary research perspectives in higher education. They will also consider how these theories and concepts can be applied within different national contexts and reflect on the comparative dimension.

Specifically, the Summer School faculty and participants will focus on such issues as:

  • Major disciplinary developments in theories and concepts that are used in higher education research: how a particular body of ideas accumulated in sociology, economics, political science, cultural studies, etc. helps us understand higher education and what each may fail to cover;
  • How higher education research as a distinct field is struggling to build its own body of theories and concepts;
  • How to design and carry out a cross-disciplinary or multi-disciplinary study in higher education;
  • Best strategies for choosing theoretical perspectives for a study;
  • How to challenge existing theoretical models and come up with original ideas.


Due to the measures introduced in Russia on account of coronavirus, we regret to cancel the summer school this year. Please, stay in touch for the further information on the summer school 2021.

The format of the Summer School includes seminars, discussions of participants’ research projects, workshops on research methodology and writing academic papers.


Gaële Goastellec

Professor, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lausanne

Simon Marginson

Professor, Director, Centre for Global Higher Education, Department of Education, University of Oxford

Pedro Teixeira

Associate Professor, Director, Research Centre on Higher Education Policy (CIPES), Faculty of Economics, University of Porto

Jussi Välimaa

Professor, Director, Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyvaskyla

Po Yang

Associate Professor, China Institute of Education Finance Research, Peking University

Isak Froumin

Head of the HSE Institute of Education


Documents to submit

  • A summary of your current research project in higher education (you will be expected to present this at the Summer School), including the objectives of the study, its theoretical/conceptual framework, methodology/design, and significance (about 1,000 words). Please do your best while preparing this document as its quality will be one of the main selection criteria.
  • A personal statement explaining your interest in the Summer School (300–500 words).
  • Up-to-date CV detailing your education and work experience, publications, other professional activities, etc.

Please note that you might need to apply for a Russian visa in order to come to St. Petersburg. You may therefore wish to consider approaching a Russian consulate in your country well in advance to enquire about the documents needed, the expected turnaround time, etc. HSE will stand ready to assist by sending a formal letter of invitation.

Learn more about the Summer School and our past events

For queries, please contact: 

Anastasia Pichugina, apichugina@hse.ru